Expansion of the community orchard at Gipsy Lane allotments

This coming Saturday 1st March 2014 will see seven new fruit trees planted near the entrance of Gipsy Lane allotments.

Many thanks in advance to allotment tenants John, Julie, Lisa, Nicola, Rob and Roger for all of their help. Thanks also to Mary of Transition Wokingham for her guidance and expertise.

Five apple trees and two pears will join the seven trees planted in March last year.  All of the varieties have come from a grower of heritage trees.  All of the trees have a long-standing link to Berkshire or surrounding counties.

The area of the allotments we are using is too wet to be used for plots but the trees have flourished in the banks of earth built up around them.  Thanks here to offenders serving community payback orders and Thames Valley Probation Service for their help in shifting a lot of soil across the site.

There will be an article and photographs in our local newspapers about the planting party.